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Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2

  1. 1. 9The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 By Joseph C T Chen, MD, PhD Michael R Girvigian, MD clinical contributions Abstract Stereotactic radiosurgery and fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy represent an increasingly important option in the treatment of central nervous system disease. In this article, we discuss indications for stereotactic radiosurgery and review results reported in the medical literature. Introduction Stereotactic radiosurgery differs from open surgery insofar as stereotactic radiosurgery has no immediate cytoreductive role. Instead, the goal of radiosurgery is to change the biology of tumor cells so as to inhibit their proliferative potential. A successful outcome of radiosurgical treatment is therefore arrest of tumor growth, not disappearance of the tumor. Radiosurgery is therefore inappropriate for patients who are symp- tomatic from mass effect of tumors. Regardless of mass effect, however, another limiting aspect of radiosurgery is tumor size: Because external beam techniques can achieve only a limited degree of conformity, radiosurgical treatment of larger tumors may expose normal tissue to an unacceptably high level of radiation. Large tumors may require surgical debulking (ie, to reduce tumor volume) so that single-fraction radiosurgical treatment can be used. Fractionated treatments are another alter- native for patients with large tumors. Radiosurgery as Treatment for Benign Tumors Radiosurgery has been used extensively for treating be- nign tumors of the central nervous system. The most exten- sivelydevelopeddataforradiosurgicaltreatments haveper- tained to treatment of acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) and meningioma of the skull base. The clear margins and discrete imaging characteristics of these tumors make them ideal candidates for radiosurgical treatment. Radiosurgical treatment eliminates risks of blood loss, infection, anesthesia complications, and other perioperative risks. In addition, radiosurgery is adminis- tered on an outpatient basis, thereby eliminating the need for hospitalization, specialized care in the inten- sive care unit (ICU), and rehabilitation. For these rea- sons, radiosurgery is a compelling treatment alternative for many patients. For patients who are medically frag- ile or who cannot accept the potential complications of surgery (eg, risks inherent in blood transfusion), radio- surgery may be the only feasible treatment alternative. Radiosurgical Treatment of Acoustic Neuroma Acoustic neuroma has been treated with radiosur- gery since the 1960s. However, initial results of this technique were poor because the only imaging mo- Joseph C T Chen, MD, PhD, (left) is the Neurosurgical Director for Radiosurgery Services in the KP Southern California Region. E-mail: Michael R Girvigian, MD, (right) is a radiation oncologist at the KP Los Angeles Medical Center Department of Radiation Oncology. E-mail: Figure 1. Photograph shows Novalis LINAC device (BrainLAB, Heimstetten, Germany) used at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Regional Radiation Oncology Center. A successful outcome of radiosurgical treatment is therefore arrest of tumor growth, not disappearance of the tumor.
  2. 2. 10 The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 clinical contributions Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 dalities available at the time were imprecise, methods for planning treatment were relatively primitive, and clinicians selected what we now know to be exces- sively high doses of radiation. Early treatment methods included angiography or contrast cisternography fol- lowed by use of two-dimensional dose-planning tech- niques. Such two-dimensional techniques yielded rela- tively nonconformal treatments that risked not only underdosing of tumor tissue but also overdosing of normal tissue. In addition, excessively high doses were used--as high as 35 Gy in a single fraction. Compared with modern methods, this treatment resulted in rela- tively poor tumor control and high incidence of cranial nerve injury. Nonetheless, treatment results were ac- ceptable for some high-risk patients. The advent of MRI imaging, three-dimensional com- puter-assisted dose planning, and modern dosing schedules have dramatically improved rates of morbid- ity from radiosurgery as well as overall tumor control (Figure 1). Numerous studies from various centers around the world have repeatedly shown the safety and effi- cacy of classical radiosurgery for treating acoustic neu- roma. Five-year follow-up has shown that current tech- niques provide overall clinical tumor control in 97% to 98% of lesions treated.1-4 The facial nerve is preserved in approximately 99% of patients receiving this treatment, and hearing is preserved in more than 70% of treated patients. Mortality and morbidity from the procedure is extraordinarily low in comparison with contemporary series describing surgical extirpation of these tumors. From the standpoint of hearing preservation, intro- duction of fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy may improve upon the already superior results of radiosur- gery and may allow use of radiosurgery for larger tu- mors not previously treatable with classical radiosurgery.5 Radiosurgery using present techniques results in out- standing cranial nerve preservation and tumor-control rates similar to those reported in the surgical literature while eliminating the risk of immediate periprocedural complications. We and others believe that radiosurgery should be firstline treatment for all acoustic tumors mea- suring <2.5 cm in diameter.6 Patients with larger tumors should be given the choice of receiving either fraction- ated stereotactic radiotherapy or surgical extirpation. The results of radiosurgical intervention for acoustic neuroma can also be applied to other types of cranial nerve schwannoma, such as trigeminal schwannoma. Meningioma Meningioma is a tumor that arises from arachnoidal cap cells commonly associated with arachnoid granu- lations at the dural venous sinuses, cranial nerve fo- ramina, cribriform plate, and medial middle fossa. The tumor is most commonly benign but may exhibit atypi- cal or even malignant features and behavior. The le- sion may arise anywhere along the dura, including the convexity and base of the skull. Modern imaging tech- niques have enabled highly reliable diagnosis of this type of tumor. Convexity and falcine meningiomas are easily treated using conventional open surgical techniques. Modern anesthesia combined with meticulous surgical tech- niques may result in high rates of gross total surgical resection with minimal morbidity and mortality (Fig- ure 2). For these lesions, open surgical treatment re- mains the preferred treatment for patients with low medical risk. Various lesions of the skull base present substantially higher overall operative risk. Most tumors located in this region are intimately associated with critical ner- vous and vascular structures; therefore, attempts at to- tal resection carry substantial risk of morbidity to these nerves. Published surgical series7,8 have shown rela- tively high rates of cranial nerve palsy as well as leak- age of cerebrospinal fluid and high risk of tumor re- currence. Because of these risks, radiosurgery has become an increasingly attractive alternative to microsurgical re- section for lesions located at the skull base. Published series9 have described radiosurgical management of these lesions and have shown excellent overall tumor Figure 2. MRI scan shows response of craniopharyn- gioma to fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy in a boy aged eight years at time of treatment. Left, postoperative view. Right, MRI obtained nine months after the patient received fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Regional Radiation Oncology Center. Note that resolution of cystic component of tumor is accompanied by reduced brainstem compression and relief of temporal horn dilatation. Numerous studies from various centers around the world have repeatedly shown the safety and efficacy of classical radiosurgery for treating acoustic neuroma.
  3. 3. 11The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 clinical contributions Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 control and extremely low rates of morbidity. In fact, in patients with meningioma, tumor control with ra- diosurgery has been shown equivalent to that of gross total resection and produced only minimal morbidity.10 For certain types of meningioma of the skull base, such as meningioma affecting the cavernous sinus,11-15 orbital apex, clivus, and petrous bones,16-18 radiosur- gery has been clearly shown to be the most preferable treatment. In addition to the data developed by nu- merous groups showing superior tumor control and extraordinarily low risk of cranial nerve deficits, radio- surgery and fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy clearly have improved cranial nerve function in a high per- centage of patients who had functional impairment caused by tumor progression. Pituitary Adenoma Pituitary adenoma is a benign tumor of the anterior pituitary gland. Most of these tumors are nonfunctional from the standpoint of their endocrine activity, although others can be the proximal cause of Cushing’s disease, hyperprolactinemia, acromegaly, and hyperthyroidism. Generally, the preferred means of managing these le- sions is transsphenoidal excision, an approach which has been proved safe and effective. Benefits of this approach are relatively low morbidity and rapid cor- rection of endocrinopathy. Nonetheless, subtotal re- section and failure of inducing endocrine remission remain problems. The endocrine remission rate for func- tional adenoma remains approximately 70% among all patients who receive treatment for this tumor.19 Salvage treatments given after failed transsphenoidal exploration include reoperation and conventional frac- tionated external-beam radiotherapy. Conventional ra- diotherapy has been a time-tested option but has the disadvantage of long latency of effect before endo- crine remission is established.20,21 In instances of endocrine failure or presence of gross residual disease, stereotactic radiosurgery has become an important means of salvage treatment. Of patients who had no disease remission after having surgery for Cushing’s disease, 60% to 85% may have disease re- mission after receiving salvage stereotactic radiosur- gery.22-24 Similar outcomes have resulted from using ste- reotactic radiosurgery to treat prolactinoma and growth hormone-secreting adenoma.25,26 Chordoma Chordoma is a highly aggressive tumor which can arise from the skull base or from the spine. The tumor is malignant and has a high rate of recurrence after resection. Modern management of these tumors uses a multimodality approach which includes aggressive sur- gical resection followed by stereotactic radiosurgery, ste- reotactic radiotherapy, or particle-beam irradiation.27-29 Multimodality treatment results in an overall five-year survival rate of approximately 80%. Conventional ex- ternal-beam techniques are difficult to use because they require use of very high radiation doses to achieve tumor control. Craniopharyngioma Craniopharyngioma arises from remnants of the cran- iopharyngeal pouch. This type of tumor is histologi- cally benign but tends to recur locally after surgical removal. Nonetheless, aggressive surgical removal of this tumor can be hazardous because it can be locally inva- sive of brain tissue. Common complications associated with these tumors include pituitary insufficiency (includ- ing diabetes insipidus), hypothalamic injury, and loss of vision. Surgical excision of these tumors can produce high rates of local control, but this treatment carries a substan- tial risk of recurrence. In cases where subtotal resection is achieved, stereotactic radiosurgery and fractionated ster- eotactic radiation treatment can be of great utility (Fig- ures 3, 4), yielding high overall rates of tumor control and survival as well as low rates of morbidity.30-32 Glioma Patients with high-grade malignant glioma continue to have a dismal prognosis despite decades of inten- sive clinical and laboratory investigation. Current practice for management of these lesions commonly includes surgery, conventional external-beam radio- therapy, and chemotherapy. Radiosurgery as an additional treatment modality for these tumors has been suggested to be useful in some Figure 3. MRI scan shows early result nine months after single-fraction stereotactic radiosurgery performed at Southern California Kaiser Permanente Regional Radiation Oncology Center for left-sided acoustic neuroma. Note response to radiation as shown by loss of central contrast enhancement within tumor. Tumor size was not substantially changed in this case. Patients with high-grade malignant glioma continue to have a dismal prognosis despite decades of intensive clinical and laboratory investigation.
  4. 4. 12 The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 clinical contributions Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 limited circumstances.33,34 However, a recent Radiation Therapy Oncology Group phase III trial, RTOG 93-05, was unable to show any advantage of using radiosur- gery for high-grade glioma.35 Thus, effective long-term control of malignant gliomas cannot be achieved by local treatment, such as radiosurgery. Effective man- agement of this devastating disease awaits a method of treating the central nervous system as a whole. Similarly, data regarding use of radiosurgery to treat low-grade and anaplastic-grade infiltrative glioma are weak. Use of radiosurgery to treat such lesions, there- fore, cannot be considered as routine adjuvant therapy. Pilocytic astrocytoma is a type of low-grade glioma that is typically well circumscribed and often amenable to surgical resection that results in long-term survival. Nonetheless, these tumors may develop in locations unfavorable for surgical management. As standalone treatment or in conjunction with conservative debulking surgery, radiosurgery for these lesions may offer im- portant advantages over open surgery alone,36,37 al- though data conclusively proving this point are still unavailable. Metastatic Disease In contrast to glioma, where progression of disease is marked by infiltrative changes, metastases to the brain typically have discrete margins. Before radiosurgery was first introduced, metastases to the brain were best treated by surgical excision (whenever feasible) in conjunc- tion with whole-brain radiotherapy.38 The advent of radiosurgery has heralded a revolu- tion in management of metastatic lesions. Although external-beam radiotherapy remains an important treat- ment component, radiosurgery can in many instances replace surgical resection.39-41 This treatment approach results in high rates of lesion control and overall post- operative survival rates comparable to those produced by surgery with whole-brain radiotherapy. In this field, current controversy surrounds the role of radiosurgery in relation to whole-brain radiotherapy. General selection criteria for treating metastases in- clude Karnofsky score >70, four or fewer lesions, and lesion volume <9 mL. Trigeminal Neuralgia Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by paroxysms of severe, lancinating facial pain which is sometimes caused by an arterial vessel loop compressing the trigeminal nerve in the root-entry zone. Trigeminal neuralgia typically responds well to anticonvulsant medication such as carbamazepine; in many patients, however, the condition becomes refractory to medical management. Surgical intervention may be indicated in such instances. Surgical intervention falls into two general categories: destructive techniques and microvas- cular decompression. Figure 4. Images of cranium of a 78-year-old woman who had loss of vision and sellar tumor with dural tail (tuberculum sella meningioma) treated with fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy at the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Regional Radiation Oncology Center. A, Pretreatment MRI scan shows sellar tumor; B, MRI scan shows clinically significant reduction of tumor volume nine months after treatment. Comparison of automated periphimetry scans obtained before treatment (C) and after treatment (D) shows improvement in visual fields. Figure 5. Typical dose plan for stereotactic radiosurgery treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. The advent of radiosurgery has heralded a revolution in management of metastatic lesions.
  5. 5. 13The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 clinical contributions Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 Destructive techniques include percutaneous radiofrequency rhizolysis, balloon microcompression, and glycerol injection. These procedures have the ad- vantage of low procedural risk and have the disadvan- tage of precipitating facial numbness. These procedures can also be very uncomfortable for the patient. Microvascular decompression involves craniotomy and microdissection with the goal of separating a com- pressing vascular loop away from the trigeminal root entry zone. Microvascular decompression offers the highest rates of long-term remission from facial pain as well as low risk of causing facial numbness. Microvas- cular decompression is highly invasive, however, and carries with it the risk associated with craniotomy. Trigeminal radiosurgery is a destructive technique the target of which is the segment of the trigeminal nerve within the prepontine cistern (Figure 5). This proce- dure could therefore be described as a retrogasserian radiosurgical rhizolysis. Overall, it results in initially good and excellent outcomes for approximately 80% of pa- tients who receive the procedure.42-44 Complications such as facial numbness are uncommon, and the risks of an invasive procedure are entirely eliminated. How- ever, the risk of recurrent pain is substantial, and retreatment may become necessary.45 Arteriovenous Malformation Surgical treatment of arteriovenous malformation has long represented the pinnacle of vascular neurosur- gery practice. The complex anatomy of these lesions and the challenges of their surgical management have given many generations of neurosurgeons great respect for these lesions. Surgery has been a time-tested treat- ment that can result in complete resection of these le- sions; however, rates of morbidity and mortality asso- ciated with this surgical treatment can be substantial, and great effort has been made to develop alternative methods for treating these difficult lesions. Over the past 15 years, therefore, a balanced multimodality ap- proach has emerged that includes endovascular embo- lization, surgery, and stereotactic radiosurgery. Radiosurgical treatment of these lesions has been used since the 1970s. This approach is controversial in some circles; for properly selected patients, however, we believe that radiosurgery can yield outstanding results when used alone or in a multimodality management strategy (eg, with endovascular treatment). When used as treatment for arteriovenous malforma- tions, radiosurgery acts by causing hyalinization within the blood vessels of an arteriovenous malformation, thereby resulting in gradual occlusion of flow through these lesions.46 Complete obliteration of the arterio- venous malformation is generally achieved two to three years after treatment. The likelihood of angiographic obliteration of the arteriovenous malformation is a func- tion of its size, the marginal dose delivered, and the length of time since completion of the radiosurgical procedure. Radiosurgery has been shown to effectively obliterate approximately 80% of lesions with mean di- ameter <3 cm.47-50 Radiosurgery and Fractionated Stereotactic Radiotherapy On a typical treatment day, patients undergoing ra- diosurgery are admitted to the radiation clinic, where neurosurgical members of the radiosurgery team apply the stereotactic frame with the patient placed under local anesthesia (Figures 6, 7). In some cases, an Figure 6. Photograph shows patient positioned on treatment table after placement of stereotactile frame. Figure 7. Photograph shows patient on treatment table after placement of mask used for fractionated stereotactic radiotherapy. The likelihood of angiographic obliteration of the arteriovenous malformation is a function of its size, the marginal dose delivered, and the length of time since completion of the radiosurgical procedure.
  6. 6. 14 The Permanente Journal/ Spring 2006/ Volume 10 No. 1 clinical contributions Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Indications and Results — Part 2 anxiolytic agent is orally administered. A high-resolution CT scan is then obtained. Images from a fiducialized CT and from a previously obtained fine-cut MRI scan are then combined in a process called image fusion. This process is critical for eliminating the spatial distortion seen when MRI images are used alone in planning treatment. A protocol of dose planning and quality control is then undertaken before treatment is begun. The treatment is then delivered, typically for approximately 20 minutes to 40 minutes. When treatment is completed, the stereotac- tic frame is immediately removed. Most treated patients are then discharged home; in unusual instances (such as if general anesthesia is required), patients may be admit- ted to the hospital for overnight observation. Patients undergoing fractionated stereotactic radio- therapy procedures do not undergo placement of a stereotactic frame but instead are fitted with a rigid thermoplastic mask that enables precise repositioning (Figure 8). Depending on the type of pathology being treated, fractionation regimens can range from two frac- tions to more than 30 fractions. Follow-up protocols for benign tumors and vascular con- ditions include serial MRI imaging done once every six months for the first two years after treatment, then annual scanning thereafter for three years. Malignant conditions warrant more frequent imaging and clinical follow-up. Conclusions Stereotactic radiosurgery and fractionated stereotac- tic radiotherapy have emerged as important additions to the neurosurgical treatment armamentarium and as such have wide application. For many indications, ra- diosurgery has proved safe and highly effective. 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